1. Sony Music Strikes Digital Distribution Partnership with China's Tencent

    December 16, 2014 4:37 AM EST Chinese Internet giant Tencent and Sony Music Entertainment on Tuesday unveiled a partnership for the online distribution of music from SME's roster of artists in China.  Under the terms of the deal, music from such Sony artists as One Direction, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Avril Lavigne…

  2. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  3. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  4. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Deserves the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST The album that attracted the most discussion this year? U2 's Songs of Innocence. Read the Counterpoint: Why U2 Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy Thanks to Apple, the band’s thirteenth studio effort, and first since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon , delivered to the "…

  5. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST It rather boggles the mind that U2 's Songs of Innocence was nominated for a 2015 Best Rock Album Grammy on Friday (Dec. 5). Is it possible voters thought they were voting for Biggest Album Rollout Fiasco after the free release burrowed into people's computers and wouldn't…

  6. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  7. Michael Cleveland Talks Great Response to Flamekeeper's 'On Down the Line' Album

    November 07, 2014 3:27 PM EST The critics are raving about On Down the Line, the latest Compass disc from bluegrass heavy-hitters Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper . The leader of the band says they are humbled by the kind words the project has received. "It's been really great to have it out," he tells…

  8. Bono on U2's iTunes Giveaway: 'It's One of the Proudest Things for Us Ever'

    November 06, 2014 9:36 PM EST 'We got a chance to introduce ourselves to people who weren't fans of listening to rock music,' he says at Dublin's Web Summit tech conference. U2 frontman Bono has publically acknowledged what many critics have long accused of him of: "I'm a spoiled rotten,…

  9. CMA Awards 2014: All the Red Carpet Videos

    November 06, 2014 4:13 PM EST At Wednesday night's (Nov. 5) CMA Awards, Billboard spoke to many of the stars gracing the red carpet, including Lady Antebellum, Steven Tyler, Josh Tyler, Kellie Pickler and more. Watch the videos below! CMA Awards 2014:  Winners  |  Photos Lady Antebellum : Steven Tyler : Josh Turner…

  10. Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

    November 04, 2014 12:23 PM EST Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to a press release, the producer/executive will…

  11. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  12. Exclusive: Listen to Joshua Radin's 'Beautiful Day' Featuring Sheryl Crow

    October 28, 2014 10:53 AM EDT People may be familiar with Joshua Radin from his songs on shows such as House and Grey's Anatomy . He's also opened for Sheryl Crow . Crow clearly liked what she heard, because Radin's latest single features her.   "Seven years ago I had the honor of supporting Sheryl…

  13. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  14. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  15. Watch Sofia Reyes & Wisin in 'Muevelo': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 10, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The music video was directed by Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold who have worked with Jennifer Lopez, among others. Pop singer Sofia Reyes and her friends take a drive through a balmy desert when suddenly they see eye-candy-worthy guys and their broken-down car. They all look at each…

  16. Relive the Best 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' Music Moments Right Here

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Still reeling from Shonda Rhimes Thursday night television? Duh. That's why we're reliving the best music moments from Thursday night (Oct. 9). Check out our picks for  Grey's Anatomy  and  Scandal  ( How To Get Away With Murder,  disappointingly,   stuck with straight techno…

  17. 'The Affair': Watch Opening Titles Featuring New Fiona Apple Song

    October 02, 2014 9:59 PM EDT 'Container' was penned specifically for the Showtime drama. Fiona Apple is back with new music. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter composed an original song, "Container," for Showtime's new drama The Affair that is the centerpiece for the opening titles. Fiona…

  18. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  19. The Massive Highs and Lows of Prince's Paisley Park Live Stream Celebration

    October 01, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Prince celebrated his release of two albums Tuesday -- Art Official Age  and  PlectrumElectrum  with 3rdEyeGirl -- with a live-streaming event that night, taking viewers inside his Paisley Park estate for a tour and much anticipated concert. The one-and-a-half hour program streamed on…

  20. Prince Talks Tech, Talent & His Own Slice of Musical 'Heaven'

    September 30, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince -- sitting in the…

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